Mary Rannie, Principal Bass

Mary Rannie, Principal Double Bass of the Victoria Symphony, bassist for the Galiano Ensemble and former Double Bass Instructor at the University of Victoria, received her formal training at the University of Western Ontario with Dr. Jeffrey Stokes. She continued her studies in England with Robin McGee (1974-5), in Italy with Ezio Pederzani (1986) and in recent years in Victoria with Gary Karr.

Mary’s thirty-six year tenure with the Victoria Symphony has featured her in solo performances of the Vanhal Double Bass concerto and of the modern theatrical duo concerto, The Ugly Duckling, for Soprano and Double Bass by Jon Deak. She has played summer festivals in Stratford, (Stratford Festival Ensemble), Banff (Canadian Chamber Orchestra), Victoria (J.J. Johannsen Festival of the Arts) and Mexico City (La Orquesta de La Mineria).

She plays a double bass made by Victoria’s own James Ham, profiled in the May 1997 issue of Strad Magazine.

Mary also received a Diploma in Applied Linguistics from the University of Victoria in 1994.

Hometown: Beamsville, Ontario

First season with the VS: 1979/80

Most memorable VS experience: TBA

Hobbies and interests: nature, gardening, animals, piano, English TV, my family and friends, Victoria Gaelic Choir

Favourite things to do around the capital region: going for coffee with friends!!

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